Fields Of St. Etienne

Album This song officially appears on the Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) / Fields Of St Etienne 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Related interviews

"She's A Joan Baez Type, But We'll Soon Alter That"

Jan 01, 1992 • From Goldmine Magazine

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Song facts

Fields Of St Etienne

That’s one of my all–time favorites. Beautiful song. Apparently, the first time it was released on an album, it was a different arrangement. It might’ve been the chap who did “Those Were The Days,” Richard something. Paul produced the other version, which was a bit over the top. And having been told that they were re–releasing it, I begged them to find the version I did with Benny and Graham. Which I think this is.

Interview with Mary Hopkin, Goldmine Magazine, 1992 – The context was the reissue of “Those Were The Days – The Best Of Mary Hopkin”, and a track-by-track explanation.

Last updated on October 14, 2019


Through the fields of St Etienne
Amidst the corn I wonder
In my hand an ear of corn
The morning dew has kissed

Here beneath the skies
I lay with my lover
While the summer winds gathered clouds of war

Au revoir my love
Though the reasons pass me
Why we can't remain in the fields of St. Etienne

Weaving proudly, singing loudly
Being young and foolish

He was going never knowing
He would not return
Singing songs of war
Filled with God and country
Marching down the road with the boys that day

Au revoir my love
Though the reasons pass me
Why we can't remain in the fields of St. Etienne

Officially appears on

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) / Fields Of St Etienne

7" Single • Released in 1970

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Guitar
Ringo Starr :
Geoff Emerick :
Mary Hopkin :

Session Recording:
Aug 17, 1969
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Those Were The Days

LP • Released in 1972

3:12 • Studio version

Post Card (2010 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2010

3:47 • Studio versionA2010 • 2010 remaster

Geoff Emerick :
Richard Hewson :
Guy Massey :
Steve Rooke :
Alex Wharton :
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

Going further

Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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On 2010 CD re release of POSTCARD it states Paul produced all titles except Fields of St Etienne.It gives Geoff Emerick title of producer.:1995 CD Those Were The Days states Paul was producer. What is correct?

The PaulMcCartney Project 5 years ago

Hi Geoffrey, thanks for this clue. I don't know what the truth and will have to dig more ! thanks !

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